ABUJA (Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment Report) – The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga has urged Lady Mechanic Initiatives to key into the Spare Parts Manufacturing Policy of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP).
He stated this when the Group Managing Director of Sandex Car Care (Lady Mechanic Initiative), Sandra Aguebor-EKperouh visited the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja lately. Aganga pointed out that ladies are known to pay attention to details and are always thorough in their works which make them outstanding in their professions.
“You can diversify into the spare parts manufacturing business, base on the fact that the skills you acquire in the auto industry can be used in so many areas. For this reason, the auto industry is known to be the beginning of industrialization. The Ministry would provide necessary support to the initiatives through its agencies to train more lady mechanics through the programme of ITF, NAC and SMEDAN,” the Minister said.
He added that SMEDAN and NAC would be on hand to provide the enabling environment for trainees to have access to loans fewer than 10% and a bankable plan that would enable them create more employment and wealth in the country. He further noted that what they are engaging in is very important and commendable; saying they are engaging in a job that is terrific and unique to humanity. He further indicated that the action has made them big ambassadors of the country. “We admire you and your ladies,” he praised the ladies.
Speaking earlier, the founder of the Lady Mechanic Initiative, Sandra Aguebor-Ekperoun pointed out that she had been in the mechanic profession for 29 years, inferring that this has enabled her to train so many ladies to earn suitable livelihoods in the auto mechanic profession. She also disclosed that their target has been to increase the number of the ladies being trained, open modern auto workshops in strategic States of the Federation and to partner with the Government in some areas of need towards achieving their aims.
“We need the assistance of government to acquire equipment, space to build our workshops and access to the grant/loan of BOI through NAC,” Sandra Ekperoun averred.
Source: www.nigeria.gov.ng – http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/component/content/article?id=1153